- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 5, 1999
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Biographies: Cast & Crew
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 09/21/1995
"...CLOCKERS thunders home with the bruising urgency of a story that needs to be told..."
USA Today - 09/13/1995
"...Powerful....Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 09/22/1995
"...Electrifying....A work of staggering intelligence and emotional force..." -- Rating: A
Variety - 09/04/1995
"...Lindo oozes command and charisma..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/13/1995
"...CLOCKERS, Lee's eighth feature in nine years, demonstrates how accomplished a filmmaker he has become, securely in control of plot, actors and imagery..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/13/1995
"...Lee, a born filmmaker, moves among the points of view....Lee finds poetry and humor in all of his stories..."
Director Spike Lee examines the violent world of urban drug dealing through the eyes of Strike (Mekhi Phifer), a 19-year-old "clocker," short for round-the-clock pusher. Strike agrees to kill a fellow employee of his boss Rodney Little (Delroy Lindo), an influential, popular drug lord. But when the hit goes down, it is Strike's moral, law-abiding brother Victor (Isaiah Washington) who confesses, shocking everyone. The detective assigned to the case, Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel), doesn't believe Victor--the more that Klein, along with others in Strike's life, start putting the heat on, the more the clocker finds himself up against the wall. The question is: Who is the real killer' A gritty, realistic adaptation of Richard Price's best-selling novel, Lee's film is also one of his most highly invigorating. Shooting with a gritty, washed-out film stock, with startling moments of saturated primary color, CLOCKERS feels like a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the daily lives of a group of New York City drug dealers, featuring a star-making performance by Phifer.
An up-and-coming Brooklyn "clocker" (an all-hours crack cocaine dealer) has his existence turned upside down when his law-abiding brother takes the rap for the murder of a rival dealer. A gritty, realistic adaptation of Richard Price's best-selling novel, the film is shot in provocative, evocative style by Spike Lee, starring Delroy Lindo, Harvey Keitel, Isaiah Washington, and Mekhi Phifer.
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- Theatrical release: September 13, 1995.
- Shot on location in New York City and Mexico.
- CLOCKERS was originally supposed to be directed by Martin Scorsese, with Robert DeNiro in the role of Rocco Klein. The pair decided to film CASINO instead, and Lee stepped in; Scorsese remained a producer.